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Taxidermy cleaning question
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Contributors to this thread:
JohnMC 20-Mar-22
Charlie Rehor 20-Mar-22
JohnMC 20-Mar-22
Quinn @work 20-Mar-22
bghunter 20-Mar-22
BC173 20-Mar-22
MA-PAdeerslayer 20-Mar-22
PK 20-Mar-22
wkochevar 20-Mar-22
Scrappy 20-Mar-22
Don 20-Mar-22
Reggiezpop 21-Mar-22
BULELK1 21-Mar-22
Buck Watcher 21-Mar-22
Mertyman 21-Mar-22
goyt 22-Mar-22
Pat Lefemine 22-Mar-22
goyt 22-Mar-22
Cornpone 22-Mar-22
Wirehair 22-Mar-22
Rock 22-Mar-22
From: JohnMC
20-Mar-22
In a couple weeks we are remodeling our bathroom. We will be tearing out a shower and putting new one in. The gentleman doing remodel suggested taking down mounts as shower is on opposite side of wall of many of my mounts. It is a vaulted ceiling so mounts are difficult to reach so when down I wanted to give them a good cleaning. Any suggestions on what to do to them when I have them down? Is just a good dusting all I need to do or anything else to give them longevity? They range from about 15 year to 2 year old.

20-Mar-22
I just recently hung up my entire collection in our new home after having the mounts in storage for a year. Dennis Razza suggested an air compressor and it was fantastic. All dust removed.

From: JohnMC
20-Mar-22
Thanks Charlie! That is a great idea.

From: Quinn @work
20-Mar-22
Take an air compressor to them. Then take about a 3:10 vinegar to water ratio and wet a rag and wipe them down.

Need to do mine again.

From: bghunter
20-Mar-22
My taxidermist always said you can also wipe them down with non Amonia window cleaner. Which has worked for me since I don't have a compressor.

I have also used this product. https://www.mountmedix.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=9

Has an odd minty smell to it though

From: BC173
20-Mar-22
I’ve always used just plain windex with a cheese cloth

20-Mar-22
My taxi says the same, compressor and non ammonia window cleaner. Also a soft beard brush gets all the hair back nicely.

From: PK
20-Mar-22
air compressor and absorbeen show sheen used on show horses for the hair. they look better than alive!

From: wkochevar
20-Mar-22
I have always just used a small backpack style vacuum cleaner with flex hose and brush attachment. Seems to work well

From: Scrappy
20-Mar-22
If you don't have access to an air compressor you can use a leaf blower like i have done in the past.

From: Don
20-Mar-22
Wet wash clothe

From: Reggiezpop
21-Mar-22
Air like others have mentioned, and a cloth sprayed with Cowboy Magic has worked for me.

21-Mar-22
If you have a lot of windows there are horse showing spray products that have UV sun protection in the spray.

21-Mar-22

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From: BULELK1
21-Mar-22
I just wipe mine down with a damp washcloth and warm water.

Going with the lay of the hide hair.

Good luck, Robb

From: Buck Watcher
21-Mar-22
I vacuum with brush attachment & then use a damp soft cloth.

From: Mertyman
21-Mar-22
Soft brush attachment on the shopvac here.

From: goyt
22-Mar-22
Mount Medix makes a product called Mount Protector with restores the sheen and protects against infestation. As someone who has had beetles, I would recommend it. They also have a produce called Horn and Antler Conditioner which works nicely. I used it on deer, elk, moose, sheep, antelope and Mtn Goat.

From: Pat Lefemine
22-Mar-22
I have two Mt Goats that have turned black from dust. Blowing them off doesn't seem to help. Any ideas?

From: goyt
22-Mar-22
Pat, My goats are still very white so I have no experience with that. However, you may want to contact Mount Medix, www.mountmedix.com. They returned my calls a few years ago and were very helpful. I just ordered a gallon of mount protector from them. This thread reminded me that I have not treated my mounts for 3 years.

From: Cornpone
22-Mar-22
My euros are still in good shape. They were done by a local who, after talking with him last week, did 1430 deer this season. A number of other species also. If mine start to discolor I'll contact him and do whatever he tells me.

From: Wirehair
22-Mar-22
I’ll second the cowboy magic. It’s what my taxi recommended.

From: Rock
22-Mar-22
As others have said air compressor or vacuum with brush attachment, then I wipe mine down with Hair Sheen which is what my Taxidermist recommended. Big plus is my wife really likes the smell of the Hair Sheen.

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